A foldable kajak catamaran from 1962 !!!!
The biggest and heaviest collapsable/fold cat ever.
According " specialists" only four have survived--55 years !
Made in GDR--- East Germany, behind the iron curtain. For export only.
Obvisously few units stayed in East Germany and have been loved--the people there had nearly nothing.
This sort of craft , the catamaran , was new, so the boat was unique , furthermore of good quality , also well thougt out , high-end , and it fit the needs of campers . It was the biggest demountable sailboat. Frames and skins in the boot , mast, stringers and bridgedck battens on cartop. Fast and , .... a thrill.
A pittoresque forgotten milestone --- for miles no one needs anymore. Car toppable Grp cats came six years later, but NOT behind the iron curtain. There they came never.
This one is in very good to excellent condition, probably the best existing example , hence the price.
A collector's price ? https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-...40529-230-7862 http://www.faltbootbasteln.de/fbb-fa...n-scalare.html
Btw., note outboard bracket and circular bridedeck centerboard.
In Germany these boats have a more than 110 uears long history.
These recreational crafts were and are cheap, nearly " Rucksack boats " . They have crossed the atlantik several times , they have been paddled from Germany to Australia, they have been in the arctic , they have been used for military raids ( Trimaran pioneer and "Wing Commander" Nobby Clarke in WWII; Falkland war; under the radar), they have been nearly everywhere. https://img-cache.4-paddlers.com/a15...ral_Romer.jpeg
They are still popular. http://www.google.de/search?q=kleppe...w=1024&bih=644
Since several years now i' m thinking about hanging the skeleton of a faltboat under the ceiling of my living room.
Imagine --the inspiring well shaped wooden hand crafted "hull" seeing everyday.
No, i'm not the seller.
I think that the SCALARE is worth to have a closer look at it.
The SCALARE 250 comparable with the rare 1954 french ! Ford Comète , or the nowadays rare Seabee ? https://www.hemmings.com/blog/wp-con...te_resized.jpg https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_RC-3_Seabee